Artist - Russian impressionism museum
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Khachatur Esayan

24.09.1909 - 24.04.1977

‘Heartfelt songs about Mother Nature' – that was how his contemporaries used to characterize Khachatur Esayan's paintings. Indeed, the greater part of his art is dedicated to Armenia, Lake Sevan, and the Ararat valley. Esayan was practically the only Armenian artist who also painted cityscapes. Like few others he felt the poetry of the city, and dedicated paintings to Erevan, Tbilisi, Baku, Moscow, Leningrad, Tallinn...at the end of the 1950-s, during his European travels, the artist's palette was enriched with new images, motifs and feelings... This special vision of architecture was clearly influenced by his second profession. After graduation from art college in Leninakan and Yerevan, he went to Moscow where he entered the engineering faculty at the Institute of Energy. However, even then he did not give up his painting studies, and in 1940 his landscapes were displayed at a Republican exhibition. Yesayan's works excel in their free brushwork, their play of colours, and optimistic, joyful attitude toward life. The artist's landscapes have even inspired some composers to write music. Khachatur Esayan, artist, poet and engineer, also worked in the theatre and for cinema. His sets – for 'Carmen' or 'Oedipus the King' – were characterized by the lyricism of their outdoor scenes and laconic solutions for utilising stage space.